Jaroslav Svejkovský

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Jaroslav Svejkovský
Born (1976-10-01) October 1, 1976 (age 40)
Plzeň, TCH
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1996
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1996–2001

Jaroslav "Yogi" Svejkovský (born October 1, 1976 in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia) is a retired Czech ice hockey left wing. He was drafted in the first round, 17th overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.


Drafted from the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans, Svejkovský made his professional debut with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League in the 1996–97 season. He made his NHL debut during the same season with the Capitals, appearing in 19 games and scoring seven goals. In the Capitals' last game of the 1996–97 season, Svejkovský scored four goals, as Washington beat the Buffalo Sabres 8–3.[1] As of 2011, he is the only Capitals rookie to score four goals in one game.[2]

Svejkovský played parts of three more seasons with the Capitals, he was then traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 1999–2000 season. Svejkovský finished the season with the Lightning, then spent the 2000–01 season in the International Hockey League with the Detroit Vipers. He sustained a concussion during his second game for the Vipers, subsequently retiring from the sport without taking part in any more games.[3] In a 2002 USA Today story, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said that Svejkovský was out of hockey due to post-concussion syndrome.[4] In his NHL career, Svejkovský appeared in 113 games, scoring 23 goals and adding 19 assists.

Currently, Svejkovský is a skills coach with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. He is also Director of Hockey Operations with the Seafair Minor Hockey Association,[5] and Program Director of the BC Bears[6] AAA spring hockey association.



  1. ^ "CAPITALS 8, SABRES 3". Associated Press. April 13, 1997. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Booth, Mark (October 6, 2011). "Seafair Minor Hockey tackles concussions head on". Richmond News. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Fennell, Don (October 24, 2011). "'New life' after NHL career cut short". Richmond Review. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "USATODAY.com". Cgil.usatoday.com. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Seafair Minor Hockey Association (Design, Hosting, Registration & Administration tools by esportsdesk.com)". Seafairhockey.com. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "BC Bears Hockey (Design, Hosting, Registration & Administration tools by esportsdesk.com)". Bcbearshockey.com. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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Preceded by
Alexandre Volchkov
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Nick Boynton
Preceded by
Darcy Tucker
Winner of the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Danny Brière